Olivier Py
The Young Girl, the Devil and the Mill
A Grimm Fairytale

English Language World Premiere

Saturday & Sunday, March 2 & 3, 2019

No late seating

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Musical Theater • Ages 7 & up • 50 min • In English

TILT 2019 opens at FIAF with The Young Girl, the Devil and the Mill, a musical written and directed by celebrated theater maker and director of the world-renowned Festival d’Avignon, Olivier Py.

The brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm spent years gathering the folklore of northern Europe, collecting countless versions of dozens of tales, often changing the story to spare bourgeois sensibilities. Inspired by their work, Olivier Py molded their stories into a musical for young audiences, introducing them to the mysteries and conventions of “real” theater without condescension or sentimentality.

Based on The Girl Without Hands, The Young Girl, the Devil and the Mill tells the story of a naïve father who makes a deal with the devil without realizing that this bargain comes with the sacrifice of his own daughter. Fearful of the devil’s revenge, he cuts off both her hands. But the young girl flees and begins a journey fraught with perils that introduce universal questions about death, evil, love, war, memory, and fidelity.

The Young Girl, the Devil and the Mill is the first English language production of La Jeune Fille, le Diable et le Moulin, which premiered in 1993 at the Centre dramatique national of Sartrouville as part of Heyoka, and re-premiered at the 2014 Festival d’Avignon.

For TILT 2019, Py has re-created his play with an American cast, introducing New York audiences to his poetic exploration of the journeys young people take as they begin to understand the complexities of human existence.

A Dress Up Lunch on Saturday, March 2 from 12:30-2pm will bring together festival attendees for a fun mealtime celebration.

Creative Team
Olivier Py (Text & Direction)
Pierre-André Weitz (Set & Costumes)
Crozier Studio – Chaz Capobianco, Ryan Crozier, Laure Dubois (Design & Fabrication, US Tour)
Stéphane Leach (Music)
Bertrand Killy (Lighting)
Stephanie Klapper C.S.A. (Casting)

Alex Burnette (The Prince)
Nadia Duncan (The Girl)
Whit K. Lee (The Devil)
Ben Rauch (The Gardener)

Tickets $25–45
Package $30-50

Package includes one ticket for this performance and one ticket for She No Princess, He No Hero.

To purchase the package, first go to the She No Princess buy ticket page, select your preferred performance date/time, and then choose from the available two-event packages under the ticket list.

FIAF Florence Gould Hall
55 East 59th Street,
New York, NY 10022

Photos © Christophe Raynaud de Lage, Festival d’Avignon